Armin Zoeggeler (ITA) Twenty years after first earning bronze in Lillehammer, the Italian known as the “The Iceblood Champion” will make one more mad dash (or slide) at an Olympic medal in Sochi. The 39-year-old was a winner in Salt Lake and Torino before placing third at the Vancouver Games. Zoeggeler hasn’t faded since 2010, claiming gold at the World Championships in 2011 and bronze in 2012.
Erin Hamlin (USA) The Lake Placid resident was a Cinderella story in 2009 when she won her only World Championship title there, snapping a run of 99 straight German wins on the global stage. She was 16th in Vancouver, but finished seventh in the 2012-13 World Cup standings, highlighted by a sixth-place finish at the World Championships in February.
Felix Loch (GER) Germany’s dominance in the sport of luge is currently most well represented by Loch, the reigning Olympic champion who has two straight singles World Championship titles. Loch will look to become the first repeat gold medal winner in the event since Zoeggeler completed that feat in 2002 and 2006.
Natalie Geisenberger (GER) The German is the reigning world champion and also won bronze in Vancouver, putting her in prime position for gold in Sochi. Geisenberger has been a consistent performer over the last five years, capturing medals at five out of the last five World Championship competitions in singles.
Matt Mortensen and Preston Griffall (USA) Mortensen/Griffall are the best American hope for a medal in the men’s doubles competition, having finished 10th in the 2012-13 World Cup standings. Griffall, who has been competing internationally since 2005, was eighth in Torino with a different partner. The pair will have to look to improve on a 14th place finish at the World Championships in Whistler in 2013.
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